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Syria’s rhetoric: Worse than murder! | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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In the Syrian crisis, or rather the bloody Syrian civil war, we have entered an absurd stage with regards to official political statements.

Last week Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mukdad, who is a seasoned diplomat, with experience in the UN Security Council and General Assembly, issued strange and bizarre statements to the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

Mukdad said that the West was conspiring against Syria.

Then he added that Western countries such as Britain, France and the United States are seeking to strengthen the presence of al-Qaeda in Syria!

These are frightening and illogical words, and reflect a state of complete denial with regards to the source of the problem in Syria.

Since when was al-Qaeda an ally of the West?

Was it not al-Qaeda, according to its own statements, that attacked the United States on September 11th 2001 in New York, dealing the most damaging blow on US soil since the Japanese air strikes on Pearl Harbor during World War II?

Was it not al-Qaeda that kidnapped French nationals in Yemen, and is now negotiating to release a British citizen in exchange for Abu Qatada?

Have matters really reached the stage where we are underestimating the general public’s intellect to this extent?

These words may be fit for local consumption in official Syrian newspapers and Syrian state television channels, but are they really suitable for the mentality of people who read newspapers such as The Daily Telegraph?

The official Syrian political discourse has entered a dark tunnel since the UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan began to mediate, and the situation on the ground was revealed to everyone. This cannot be offset or covered up with statements such as the continuous talk about an international conspiracy against Syria, the “advocate of Arabism and resistance”.

There are tanks, surface-to-surface missiles and field artillery being used by the regime against its own citizens, the death toll and the number of wounded increase every day, and images of dead bodies, victims, genocide and destruction are broadcasted on air via the internet and global television stations.

If any wise minds remain in the decision making centers in Damascus, then they must immediately address the quality of the political discourse that they are presenting to the outside world.

In short, their murders are a crime but their rhetoric is an even greater one!